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School of So­cial Work Joins the Fight Against Un­paid In­tern­ships

The McGill Daily - - News - N. T. News Writer

The School of So­cial Work’s Fall Gen­eral Assem­bly (GA) for the 2018-2019 aca­demic year took place on Oc­to­ber 24. The GA at­ten­dance met quo­rum, al­low­ing for the pro­posed mo­tions to be passed and later im­ple­mented. The agenda of the GA in­cluded many mo­tions, start­ing with the elec­tion of Nour Daoud as the First Year Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the 20182019 Bach­e­lor of So­cial Work (BSW) en­ter­ing class. A mo­tion to di­vide the role of VP Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Co­or­di­na­tor into two po­si­tions passed, creat­ing the new SSMU Rep­re­sen­ta­tive po­si­tion, con­se­quently awarded to the cur­rent VP Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Co­or­di­na­tor, Zach Kleiner. The goal of this split is to al­low for a more ef­fec­tive ful­fill­ment of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Fur­ther, this di­vi­sion en­sures fully bilin­gual rep­re­sen­ta­tion for com­mu­ni­ca­tions with other uni­ver­si­ties in the prov­ince. Mar­i­ana Sosa was elected as the new VP Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Co­or­di­na­tor.

The So­cial Work Stu­dent’s So­ci­ety ( SWSA) then spoke of last years’ mo­bi­liza­tion against un­paid in­tern­ships, lead­ing to a wider dis­cus­sion on the mat­ter. A mo­tion re­quest­ing that So­cial Work stu­dents strike again this se­mes­ter was put for­ward. The mo­tion stated that “un­paid field place­ments are an un­just bar­rier to ac­cess for both po­ten­tial and cur­rent stu­dents in the School of So­cial Work and whose ef­fects are com­pounded for those liv­ing mul­ti­ple, in­ter­sect­ing marginal­iza­tions.” At­ten­dees then voted to strike against un­paid in­tern­ships for the fall 2018 se­mes­ter, call­ing for stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in a week- long mo­bi­liza­tion this Novem­ber. This move by the School of So­cial Work aligns them with the UQAM, Udem and UQTR’S stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions, which are al­ready in sup­port of the strike. The lat­ter will take place Novem­ber 19-23, at var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties across the prov­ince.

Face­book cover of SWSA, cour­tesy of SWSA

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